The Watford Observer has teamed up with Watford Museum and its curator Sarah Priestley to take a journey back to the town’s past through items or places of historical significance.

The 17th item in ‘a history of Watford in 50 objects’ is a panto programme from a 1949 production of Puss in Boots.

Sarah said: "Watford is incredibly lucky to have two theatres, the Palace and the Pump House, as part of a vibrant cultural community. The Palace Theatre opened in 1907 as a music hall and has been going strong ever since.

"The pantomime at the Palace Theatre has been a great Christmas tradition for generations, and every year continues to wow audiences of all ages.

"This year, Watford moving into Tier 4 has made the usual trip to the panto impossible, but the show must go on. You can enjoy shows over the festive season online including Dame Terry’s Very Merry Christmas."

Visit the Palace Theatre at to find out more.

Watford Museum has had to close under Tier 4 restrictions but you can still pay a virtual visit to its website at or find the museum on Facebook and Instagram @watfordmuseum